Since the Music Centre was founded in 1991 at the Younger Hall, the amount and quality of musical activity on offer has increased dramatically. Hundreds of students and community users now participate in individual lessons and musical activities on a weekly basis, with many students opting to make music part of their degree each year by taking a range of sub-honours module courses. The Music Centre also looks outward to attract the very best performers to the town, both for its regular concert series and for special events such as St Andrews Voices – Scotland’s Festival of Vocal and Choral Music.
In response to the growing musical demands and ambitions of its students and staff and of the local community, the University of St Andrews plans to create a new purpose-built Music Centre in the heart of the town.
A major legacy from the McPherson Trust and other generous donations prompted the University to hold a competition to design the new building. Architects Flanagan Lawrence have now been appointed to work on this exciting £8m project.
The new Music Centre will be built on a site on Queens Terrace, St Andrews. It will restore an historic quad while preserving the features of St Mary’s Quadrangle and complementing the neighbouring St Regulus Hall student residence and the Bute Building.
The new building will feature the full range of soundproofed and acoustically appropriate practice, rehearsal, teaching and recording spaces needed by all the Centre’s members. The heart of the building will be an acoustically excellent hall which will function both as a flexible rehearsal and recording space and also as a high quality recital room for chamber music and song, with the potential to attract national and international level recitalists.
It is anticipated that the new Music Centre will be completed in 2019, subject to planning permission.
We are now seeking support to help us to complete this important project at St Andrews. A range of naming opportunities is available, from Practice Rooms from £50,000 to the dedication of the whole building for £4m.
Contact us for further information about the project and to discuss your gift, whether large or small.